Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

WatchTull at the Octagon Theatre…what has happened to political theatre I am constantly asking myself,  and then up pops a brilliant play. It’s the real story of Walter Tull, the second black professional footballer in Britain,  and one of the few black officers in the British Army. Phil Vasili researched and wrote a book about Walter which has now been turned into a play. Its not just the story of a mixed race young man and his search for fulfilment on the football and military field but a young man who is part of one of the most dynamic periods of history in this country; 1888 to 1918. A period when the campaign for the vote for women was at its heigth and Vasili knows his history as we watch Tull’s suffragette girlfriend Annie speak at public meetings to make the case for equality and oppose the First World War, two of the most controversial subjects of this era. It all takes place on an empty stage and the actors wear modern clothes allowing the audience to concentrate on the words and actions of a dynamic and totally engrossing play. Its well worth catching but get there before the 16 March further details see

Look…at The original rocku/mocku/documentary. One More Chance by local film maker John Crumpton; Shane Ventura, the legendary rock ‘n’ roll artist of the late fifties and early sixties, narrates the emotional journey of his rise to fame and his equally meteoric fall…

John is a BAFTA award winning sound editor, film and video maker, writer, trainer, BECTU learning organiser and photographer. He makes inspiring and idiosyncratic films including the hit Tea Machine, and I Married a Cult Figure from Salford,  as well as documenting important political events such as the International Workers Memorial Day  featuring Claire Mooney singing A Day to Remember.  To watch these films see


Find out about…..The Youth of Palestine; How the occupation is blighting their future at a public meeting organised by Oldham Trades Council on Monday 18 March,  7pm. Speakers to include: Bernard Regan, Trade Union Officer, Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Venue; Oldham Unitarian Chapel, Oldham. Further details contact

Celebrate…International Womens Week….here are some of my favourites…

3 March..Women at Peterloo walk…led by Michael Herbert from  Red Flag History walks, who is the author of “Up then Brave women”, Manchester’s radical women, 1819-1918.   He is also doing walks on 8 March on radical women in Manchester  and 10 March on “Votes for Women”.  booking advised in advance, go to

3-10 March at Three Minute exciting programme of drama and arts events to celebrate minority womens issues and provide a platform for their voices. See

7 March 12.30-1.30 and 6pm-8. 30pm A talk about artists Isabel Dacre and Annie Swynnerton at Manchester Art Gallery. The gallery has 17 pictures by Dacre who studied at the Manchester School of Art who  with Swynnerton,  founded the Manchester Society of Women Artists in 1876. Not just an artist, Dacre was a member of the executive committee of the Manchester National Society for Women’s Suffrage. For more info see    FREE

8 March 1.15-2pm..Living History Performance; The Hard Way Up-A Suffragette’s Story. Hannah Mitchell is one of my heroes, her life is a testament to the many workingclass women who gave their life to the struggle for equality and justice for women and men. This is an excellent play, written by Eileen Murphy,  and we need more of these stories to inspire us today. See FREE

9 March…2-4pm  Working Class Movement Library.. northwest writer, Livi Michael,  author of  Malkin Child, and activist,  Ruth Eversley,  discuss what it means to be an outsider from  the Pendle Witches to the asylum Seekers and refugees of today.  For more information see FREE

More history…..A blog that offers the public the opportunity to tell their story about the history of Manchester. It says;

HistoryME is a community in which we all get to tell our story and how we have all contributed to the history of Manchester and how we are shaping its future. It’s where the History of Manchester is written  by you. Its simple because its FREE and all you have to do is write about what you know; you and your history, your family and friends, community and your relationship to the great city of Manchester.


Indulge in some forbidden arts……… Callout: Manchester Temporary Autonomous Arts is back!! 6th – 9th March. An underground movement has continued to rise over the past 10 years to become an exciting, active, and important network aiming to provide spaces for people not catered for in our consumer driven individualist society. Opening its doors to artists, poets, musicians and creatives of all kinds on Wednesday 6th March for the 4 day event, we hope YOU will join us in the tide of DIY culture, energy, ideas and fun. This unique open access event aims to unite people from all backgrounds on many different levels with creativity, workshops, food, discussion, skill shares, films, and music and and all good things people feel to bring. See

Eat……and make your views heard.…..  Salford based theatre company Quarantine are offering you a free lunch at Manchester curry house, the Kabana Café, if you talk to them for half an hour. It is refreshing that a theatre group want to listen to their customers,  and maybe other companies should follow when going to the theatre is a luxury item. For more info on the monthly curry and chats visit or you can book your place by emailing or calling 0161 830 7318.
Next date is Wednesday 13 March 2013
Time: Half hour slots between 12 noon – 2.30pm
Venue: Kabana Café
Address: 52 Back Turner Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1FP

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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